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A fully loaded Mk3 Ford Escort 1.6 Ghia with a warranted 17,630 miles!
Laminated windscreen, safety glass all round, louvred design radiator grille, anti-burst locks, body-side protection mouldings, over riders, wide bright mouldings on windows, bright mouldings to bonnet edge and tailgate, belt line moulding in bright finish, tilting/sliding sunroof, remote control door mirrors, additional sound insulation, Ghia Badging, two-speed plus variable intermittent wipe, tachometer, solid state multi-function digital clock, cigar lighter. Factory options; Metallic paint, automatic oil-cooled transmission, power steering, electrically operated front windows. Dealer options; Ford Electronic Multi-feature stereo radio Model ECU1, uprated rear speakers, Ford rear sun blinds, fire extinguisher. Accessories; Nextbase 122 Dashcam, Cobra Bridge 4100 CAT1 alarm, LED headlamp and rear bulb upgrade, carpet mats.
This remarkable top of the range for comfort Mk3 Escort Ghia is finished in Ford Quartz Gold, (Code 1 5), a factory cost option. Incredibly well-preserved and structurally superb, all factory panels are straight with uniform gaps and inner wing stampings. The paintwork boasts a wonderful uniform bright shine and some minimal and faint touched in markings throughout can be seen on this remarkable 17,630-mile example. The plastic trim sections are fully intact with some light scuffs and one tiny crack to the nearside front quarter bumper barely noticeable. The extensive and factory original brightwork to the windows, belt line and lights is magnificent. Originality seekers will be further delighted to see all brown tinted glass factory etched with the registration number and all light clusters are factory Ford fitment. Supplying dealer branded number plates and rear screen sticker are fitted as is the original tax disc holder. A once common sight, this lovely Ford Escort is sure to stir up nostalgia.
Finished in plush ‘Ghia’ spec Savoy and Crushed Velour trim in Mocha colour scheme, (Code MR), the sumptuous seats and condition of the materials is fully commensurate with such a low mileage example, as is the steering wheel that displays natural surface veins. The matching door cards and colour keyed cut pile carpets have defied the years remarkably. All switchgear is functional and intact, and the soft finish dashboard, incredibly for this model, is completely uncracked and not warped. The trimmed parcel shelf is intact, straight and complete with the correct rubber hangers and even has the ultra-rare genuine Ford rear sun blinds still fitted! The original cost option Ford ECU1 stereo cassette remains fitted and operational but with a partially failed display screen. A Nextbase 122 Dashcam has been neatly installed with no visible wires. This beautifully well-preserved interior ready for classic car shows.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The time proven transverse mounted 1600 OHC engine develops 79bhp, achieving a top speed of 101mph and 0-60mph in 11.9 seconds. The engine is wonderfully quiet and smooth and has benefitted from a recent service, inspection, cambelt and water pump renewal. A new replacement Weber carburettor and manual choke set up has been fitted using a genuine Ford choke lever with working light, fitted seamlessly into the correct dash location. The factory optional automatic oil-cooled transmission is fully serviced and effortless to use. Combined with power steering, this really is the ultimate relaxing retroride!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard steel wheels wear full width Ghia wheel covers which remain in excellent condition. All road wheels are shod in matching premium Uniroyal Rainsport 3 155/80 R13 tyres the original Michelin XZX items still found on the spare. Diagonally split hydraulic circuit servo assisted brakes with ventilated 9.4” front discs and rear drums bring the car up to a steady, straight and assured halt.
Supplied by Ford Main Dealers, Billingham’s of Wolverhampton, and registered new on 18th October 1984 to first owner, a Mrs A Frost, this delightful example has covered a remarkably low and fully verified 17,630 miles from new. KGF Classic Cars purchased the car in 2019 from the previous owner’s Nephew, Mr David Howe, after he fell in love with our Yamaha FS1E ‘Fizzy’. KGF Classic Cars sold the car in 2019 to Mr and Mrs Gilbert who have thoroughly enjoyed approximately three years and 6,000 miles of Escort fun! Mr Gilbert, a previous Ford Technician by trade, knows this era of Ford inside out and has carried out several safety improvements such as LED lights and dash cam to make this car ready for every day use should the next owner wish. Absolutely all servicing and consumables such as belts, brakes, exhaust and fluids are totally up to date and no routine maintenance is due.
The Ford wallet houses all the new car sales leaflets, handbooks, service book, driver’s manuals and radio guides. A further large history folder contains service invoices as well as every single MOT certificate from the first in 1988 to 2009 when the car stopped being used and was put into a dry heated garage. Three sets of Ford keys with dealer fob are present. An outstanding example of Fords iconic Escort.
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